Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.
Each card has a colour drawing of a Korean building, museum or tourist attraction with a brief description and details of how to get there.
“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.
“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990.
The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939.
Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Striking views of Naples, photography by Cesare Gerolimetto, produced by Dal Negro.
Pack of souvenir playing cards made in Quito, Ecuador, featuring black & white photographs depicting Ecuador as one of the great nations on Earth
Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.
Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.
The deck is described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage”
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Playing cards featuring a selection of Finland's postage stamps made by Nelostuote Oy (Tactic Games), Pori, Finland
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Advertising/souvenir deck of cards associated with the Ian Schrager chain of luxury hotels.
'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.
Beautiful Bath is a hand-made pack by Karl Gerich which was published in 1996.
Views of Bath is Georgina Harvey's third design, created in 1990. The cards feature beautifully designed double-ended courts and double-ended Aces with a central band which is used to identify different views of the City of Bath at each end.
In 1935 a souvenir pack of playing cards to celebrate the King's 65th birthday was commissioned from the British firm of De La Rue.
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920.
Lagos del Sur Souvenir playing cards published by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1980.